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Early Childhood Development: A Bipartisan Approach

by michaelbrodsky | 11.28.17

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that "combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. While finding solutions is never easy, the Bipartisan Policy Center believes the American answer will always rest in harnessing the best ideas from both parties, seizing pragmatic consensus, and holding steadfast to our commitment to sustaining the institutions and traditions that enable cohesion, freedom, and opportunity in a diverse nation.



A Bipartisan Case for Early Childhood Development: How can parents, childcare providers, educators, doctors, business leaders, public officials, and lawmakers work together to ensure that children are equipped to succeed—in school, in life, and in the workforce?

What’s the story?

Of the 73.6 million children in the U.S. today, almost 20 million are under the age of 5. As the future innovators, workers, and leaders upon whom our nation’s long-term security and prosperity depends, they are America’s most important asset. But America’s youngest children are also vulnerable and too many of them are growing up in environments and under circumstances that don’t promote healthy early development.

Summary of Recommendations

BPC’s Early Childhood Initiative, led by Rep. George Miller and Sen. Rick Santorum explores how, as a nation, we can better support young children and their families to make sure that all Americans start the journey of life with a fair shot at realizing their full potential and becoming successful, productive adults. Some of the recommendations are:

  • Supporting Families
  • Making Child Care Affordable for Families
  • Prioritizing Early Care Workforce Quality
  • Addressing the Impact of Opioid and Substance Use Disorders on Young Children and Families.

Take Action: Learn more about bipartisan approaches for early childhood development and share your views with us on Twitter.

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  • NoHedges
    11/28/2017
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    Children are not party members. We need to stop thinking of ourselves as Republicans or Democrats. We are Americans, as are our children. PR makes our political landscape APPEAR bipartisan when the cameras flash. However, it is a much different landscape when it is time to vote.

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  • R
    11/29/2017
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    Please leave the Federal government out of this matter. It is always best to take care of this locally and support families in anyway that we can. There is nothing that can happen by sending dollars to Washington DC and expecting to get back programs the kids actually Need. Every dollar sent to Washington DC does not equate to a dollar coming back to the community to take care of such a matter.

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  • HockeyGuy
    11/30/2017
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    Please support funding for CHIP! Perhaps we could put Trump through early childhood education (ECE), he obviously did not have any training!

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  • Mary
    11/29/2017
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    We need to care for and improve the situation for all members of the next generation. Our children are our future, and education, nutrition and a healthy beginning will ensure that our country will thrive. Long term thinking makes this a no-brainer.

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  • S
    11/30/2017
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    The first thing they should do is reauthorize finding for CHIP. Them not dump ACH, not reduce Medicaid.for needy families. The breakfast and lunch programs at schools should be required. Housing for economic disadvantaged and homeless population with families who have children should be provided. The basic needs are not being met and congress has not done an adequate job of addressing those while at the same time indicating that childhood health is not important by not reauthorizing CHIP and making it an ongoing program. Children cannot learn without good health. Children cannot learn when they are malnourished or when families do not have sufficient resources to provide food. Children cannot learn without adequate and safe housing. After school programs should be funded so that children do not go to a home where there is no adult supervision, because the adults must work. Very often there the children are from a one parent household. Therefore, after school and weekend programs are needed to provide a healthy environment so that the child’s needs can be adequately provided for. This little bill is a “sit around, hold hands, and sing Kumbaya” program or in other words s warm and fuzzy program that does not even begin to address the true needs of the nation’s children.

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